DES MOINES, Iowa -- Governor Branstad is speaking out after it was revealed that part of the funds appropriated for renovations of the State Historical Society was also used to help pay salaries.
"When we invest in infrastructure projects it's for vertical infrastructure, its for brick and mortar," State Sen. Matt McCoy said. "It's not for salaries and it's not for programming."
McCoy was responding to the news that the museum used a portion of a $3.6 million planning fund to help pay the salary of the Department of Cultural Affairs employees.
The department released a statement saying that using that money was appropriate given certain staff dedicated time to the planning process. They say it was allowable and approved by the legislature.
Governor Branstad agrees with the department.
"So what they have done is certainly appropriate," Branstad said. "They used some staff time to prepare for the renovations and improvement of the historical building. That is certainly permitted within the legislation that was approved by the general assembly."
Governor Branstad says he's not aware if other departments have done the same but says it is allowed if the language in an appropriations bill calls for it.